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Personal Project 2017/18: Introduction

Aims of the Personal Project

The aim of the MYP Personal Project is to encourage and enable students to:

  • participate in a sustainedself directed inquiry within a global context
  • generate creative new insights and develop deeper understandings through in-depth investigation
  • demonstrate skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time
  • communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • demonstrate responsible action through, or as a result of, learning
  • appreciate the process of learning and take pride in your accomplishments


The Personal Project is assessed using four criteria. Each criteria is worth 8 marks. 

You need to choose a topic to research that will help you to achieve a goal by creating a product. Choosing a global context will help you to focus your project.

You need to record all your thoughts, reflections, processes, planning, decisions, communications and more in a process journal.

This journal will provide you with the content to write your report at the end of the project. It must be comprehensive and annotated.

You will create a product or an outcome that best achieves your goal.

You will submit a report meeting the assessment criteria and accepted structure.

What do I submit?

1. Report: including appendices (maximum of 10 A4 extracts from your Process Journal)  The Process Journal is indirectly assessed through the extracts. Evidence of your product/outcome within your report as an additional appendix. You may include one A4 page of text (with images) or a single PDF of 5 still images or 30 seconds of video/audio on a USB.

2. Product or outcome include the product or up to 5 still images or 30 seconds of video of the product

3. Academic Honesty form 

4. Cover sheet

5. Process Journal for Presentation Evening (not assessed)

Please see Report checklist tab on this guide

Presentation: Information Session

Choosing a personal project

 You may consider the following questions as you choose a global context to provide focus for your project.

1. What do I want to achieve through my personal project?

2. What do I want others to understand through my work?

3. What impact do I want my project to have?

4. How can a specific context give greater purpose to my project?

How long is the project?

Recommended time: 25 hours

Each project is completed individually. No group projects.

Project begins, September 2017

Submission:  May 3, 2018

Where to start

  1. Decide on a goal linked to a global context based on personal interests
  2. Research your inquiry topic
  3. Create a detailed plan: steps and timeline as to how you will achieve your goal
  4. Decide on a product/outcome that will best achieve your goal
  5. Develop a success criteria for your product
  6. Create your product
  7. Write a reflective report about the process

What's involved?

The inquiry process in MYP projects involves a wide range of activities that extend knowledge and understanding and develops skills and attitudes.

The Personal Project involves:

  • deciding what you want to learn about
  • identifying your prior knowledge
  • discovering what you will need to know to complete the project
  • creating proposals or criteria for your project
  • planning your time and materials
  • recording developments of the project
  • making decisions
  • developing understanding and solving problems,
  • communicating with your supervisor and others
  • creating a product or developing an outcome
  • evaluating the product/outcome and reflecting on your project and your learning.

Proposal Form

Report options

Written report: 1,500 - 3,500 words

Oral report: 13-15 minutes

Electronic (website, blog, slideshow): 1,500 - 3,000 words

Visual (film): 13-15 minutes


Material contained in this LibGuide has been sourced from the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre IBO)MYP Projects Guide 2016 and Yokohama International School Personal Project guide.